Don’t vilify parliament by I.A. Rehman

1 April, 2010
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I.A. Rehman Thursday, 01 Apr, 2010 That the constitutional reform package should have come under attack in some quarters did not cause any surprise because the concept of democratic consensus is alien to Pakistan’s political barons. What is astonishing is the degree of freedom from good sense shown by some elements while demonising parliament. In […]

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The story of the pet goat by Taj M Khattak

1 April, 2010
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Thursday, April 01, 2010 Taj M Khattak Siegfried Engelmann and Elaine Bruner’s children story, ‘The Pet Goat’, may not be very riveting but it was engaging enough to rivet President Bush at an inner-city second-grade classroom in Florida for full seven minutes on September 11, 2001 after he was told that the terrorists had struck. […]

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Without people? by Talat Farooq

1 April, 2010
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Thursday, April 01, 2010 Talat Farooq PPP banners on the roadside in Islamabad and state-sponsored advertisements on television extol the achievements of the government over the last two years. Overshadowing its professed achievements is the government’s inability to govern and successfully address the genuine day-to-day problems of the masses. Pakistan has been a national security […]

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A depoliticised democracy begins to breed fascism by Jawed Naqvi

1 March, 2010
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Jawed Naqvi Monday, 01 Mar, 2010 In the early days of the Indian republic, the end of February and beginning of March would usher the humming of Kaafi and Piloo on the radio, in the temples, in parks and auditoriums. For as long as one can remember, the two ragas have been associated with the […]

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Why bank interest remains high by Shahid Kardar

1 March, 2010
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Monday, March 01, 2010 Shahid Kardar Today there is an issue of both the availability of adequate credit on a timely basis from the banking system and at a price that makes industrial operations viable. While the State Bank of Pakistan has been following what is essentially a tight monetary policy to tackle inflation, it […]

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Dissenting note Education for all by Dr Masooda Bano

1 March, 2010
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Monday, March 01, 2010 Dr Masooda Bano The recently launched Global Monitoring Report (GMR) – the annual report produced by UNESCO to evaluate the status of education for all across the world – has again pushed the governments in developing countries and the western donor countries to make higher financial allocations to ensure quality education […]

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